Justice Abdulwahab Mohammed of a Grade 1 Area Court, Kubwa, Abuja, yesterday ordered the police to arrest Senator Hope Uzodinma, for allegedly issuing a dud cheque (bounced cheque) in the sum of N200m.
Uzodimma, represents Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
Uzodimma and his two companies were accused by one Chima Akuzie, and his company, Chitex Ventures Ltd, of issuing them a N200m UBA dud cheque.
However, following an application by counsel to the complainants, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, Justice Mohammed ordered that the senator be arrested and produced in court over his failure to appear in court to answer to the allegations.
Ojaomo in the oral application made before the court noted that Uzodinma was absent in court despite being represented on the previous date by a lawyer, Eze Oguaju, and being aware of the proceedings slated for September 18.
He also noted that Uzodinma’s lawyer was also absent and subsequently asked the court to invoke Section 131 of the ACJA 2015 against the defendants by issuing a bench warrant to compel their appearance in court.
Delivering ruling, Justice Mohammed said that the court had at its last sitting rejected a similar application by the complainant to afford the defendants the opportunity to attend court by themselves.